Remember when social media went a bit mad over that photo of Will Smith looking remarkably like Uncle Phil from Fresh Prince of Bel Air?
He has now responded, sort of.
The actor was alongside Joel Edgerton at a press conference at Comic Con in San Diego promoting their new movie ‘Bright’ when Will was asked about the photo.
Holy shit Will Smith is becoming Uncle Phil pic.twitter.com/rBYMzMXUHA
— Pauly Casillas (@PaulyPeligroso) March 12, 2017
It was Huffington Post that ask the question: “I don’t know if you saw, but a lot of fans isolated one moment where they said you reminded them of …”
“Uncle Phil!” said Smith, finishing the reporter’s sentence.
And this is what he went on to say:
It is such a new world. I released my first record in ’86, so I’m over 30 years in the business.
My first album there were no CDs, so it wasn’t until my second album, and they came like these hot new things called CDs. Seeing that transition, essentially the fans being more and more involved in the creative process.
In terms of movie stars, it’s a huge difference. It’s like you almost can’t make new movies stars anymore.
It’s like there’s a certain amount of privacy and there was a certain amount of distance that you had from the audience, and only on July 4th did you have access.
So that amount of access created this bigger-than-life kind of thing. But in the shift into this new world, it’s almost like a friendship with the fans.
The relationship is less like the time of Madonna, Michael Jackson, when you could make the Tom Cruise these gigantic figures, because you can’t create that anymore. The shift is to ‘we’re best friends,’ and that’s like with the comments and with those pictures and all that. I love trying to make that shift and make that transition into the new demands of the fans in this business.
How very Phil-osophical.